Harajuku Street Style.
Oh those crazy cool Japanese kids! The streets of Harajuku
are as much a fashion playground as they are an exhibit of Why You Should Never Pair White Boots with Gold Chains
. This is, of course, in line with the existing weirdness of the brilliant Katamari Damacy
, mayonnaise-and-squid pizza
, and the "no caption required" homoerotic dating sim "le, Tatemasu!"
Just a week in the life
of a san diego county police officer. Linked from YouCSD
, a news alternative weblog for the UCSD community.
The daily adventures of mixerman are back. Mixerman
has started posting a new set of diary entries about his recording sessions with an anonymous band. His original diary
) is now available in hardcover.
a stay-at-home dad in New York City. While his medical resident wife grinds out 80 hour weeks
, he narrates the hurdles (botched circumcision
, apartment fire
, roach invasions
) of raising a boy in the strange universe of Manhattan's Upper East Side.
-- what blogs were like 1000 years ago.
Best. Baby. Site. Ever.
A huge reason: Trixie
. Other reasons: TPOD
and the telemetry
, oh the telemetry
! The charts are amazingly thorough
, and funny
. Definitely part of what makes this site such a delight is Trixie's dad, whose entries are witty
. As a new dad myself, with my own baby page, I'm impressed, but I imagine this'll be good readin' for all, parents or no.
Iranian bloggers challenge the President in the Summit:
It all started from a post on the Geneva Summit's blog
, DailySummit, asking Iranians to report on the Net censorship
. Then, they asked them to post their questions
for the Iranian President, who was going to have a press conference. Then reporters asked the questions from the president: Is the there a blacklist for Iranian websites? Do you read Persian weblogs? How hard is it to connect to the Net in Iran?
Later they asked tougher questions from the Minister of Telecommunications
: Why don't they public the blacklist? Why Sina Motallebi, the blogger, was arrested? Isn't the summit about how technology benefits democracy and human rights
? Blogs can definitely be a big part of the answer.
Hatred via weblog.
The Jewish Internet Association
, a tax-exempt, non-profit California corporation, considers the Internet a battleground, where "every channel must be utilized to resist and convert others to our defense and support." A whois showed they have the same mailing address as palestinefacts.org
. However, examining their weblog
reveals an agenda that is every bit as hateful as Hamas.
From a recent entry:
"The Palestinian Arabs go through a pretense of having a government" .... "This must end. In the past the only way such murderous, bastard regimes have ended was through massive destruction of their people and lands." .... "The same process will be required to end the fraudulant "peace process" and come to the point where there can be a new start."
The JIA site links to a guide for shutting down offensive websites
. Do you think the same techniques would work against them too?
Why Hindu's make better teachers than gays.
Eric Rasmusen, professor of Economics and Public Policy
at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, has been allowed by the University
to continue to update his occasionally homophobic
weblog in the interests of free speech. Should this be allowed? Allowing due consideration for free speech, how does this type of speech disrupt open participation in an academic setting?
Labor Day's forgotten ones.
"...there is one class of workers who are largely ignored during Labor Day celebrations, even as our country remains at war on multiple fronts: members of the U.S. armed forces."
In Kandahar Chronicles
, Carlos, a relief worker, blogs from the field. The online companion
to "Doctors Without Borders: Life in the Field" (a National Geographic television series) introduces aid workers and their missions. MSF also has a series of voices from the field
in which aid workers share their experiences.
The gift of sight
is easy to take for granted. Not for Mike May
, blinded in infancy, Mike had partial vision restored at the age of 43. This is his journal
, written with infectious delight for his new gift and documenting the unexpected problems that the miracle brings. There's much, much more to vision than just the data
and Mike is an unprecedented opportunity to better understand how perception works. [via the Guardian and previously mentioned here]
Beginner's guide to trackback.
Old news to most here, but with even Radio Userland now implementing the technology
, trackback has the potential
to be another kind of spam, with gratuitous self-links
popping up all over the place. When everyone can blog
, will the Blogosphere be the next victim of Usenet's neverending September
? Whether providing "community support" or "publishing tool"
, how long before popular bloggers
are forced to implement Bayesian
Flaoting Wreckage: Jettisoned Cargo
has ceased to be. Often it was the only place you would need to visit, so good were the links it provided.
Hats off to Kirk Smith, I can barely comprehend that it was a solo operation.
I feel quite bereft. There is still plenty to look at though, he just isn't updating.
"Twenty-two years ago, late in the evening one night in March of 1981, to be specific, my mother was killed in an auto accident on Foothill Boulevard in a town called Claremont." Talking Points Memo author Joshua Marshall, one of the best-known political webloggers, takes an unexpected personal detour
Some ten months ago, Tim Lutero's weblog was hacked and all the entries were erased.
The person allegedly responsible for the hack is a weblogger who won 'Highly Commended' status in Guardian Unlimited
's 'Best British Blog'
competition six months ago.
If the allegations can be proven, should this award stand?
The other war.
Dispatches from the trenches, in the middle of the Hong Kong SARS outbreak. [may be annoying popups] [more inside]
ABC's blog "The Note" suspends operations,
citing lack of resources needed for war coverage, the blog's humorous style not being "the right national tonic," and this shocker: "We suspect that the amount of strictly political news — the kind of stuff that is the meat and starch of The Note — is likely to dramatically decrease in the coming days." GUH?
Aren't blogs now more important than ever? Aren't politics
now more important than ever? What message is being sent by the mainstream media here? (Via the indispensable Lloyd Grove
of the Washington Post.)
Pink Bunny’s LiveJournal
Pink Bunny is a character in a film beginning principal photography this month, Crypto-Candida
. If she isn’t real, how can her LiveJournal
This is a friend of a friend.
Jon and Heidi Connal traveled around the world
from June 2001 to Oct 2002. They included all of their experiences in a journal on their website
. Jon Andrew Connal ran a marathon almost every month. Then he got sick and started throwing up blood for no apparent reason. The doctor thought it might be some sort of pneumonia. He was a very healthy man but for no apparent reason he suddenly died 3 days later. It's a sad story about wonderful people.
Live from Ballpoint Stadium, it's Iron Scribe
3 Feb '03 Word of the Day: Blog.
Definition 1: A clipping of "weblog," blog is internet jargon for what is basically an online journal or diary. Yes, blogs are going mainstream.
Will businesses discover uses for blogs
& blog software? Will (mobile-phone) "moblogging"
catch on? This link says ...the first Web logs consisted largely of links to sites on the Internet that the author found interesting. Early bloggers were presurfing the Web for people, in a sense
[sound familiar?]. About 1999, as free software came on the scene -- making it easy to create Web logs -- the content began to shift. Blogs became more personal, less link-driven.
But what is a blog to you
? And what is the future of the "blogosphere"?
Treetop Bloggers Protest Logging
A group of anti-logging activists are now ready to maintain their own blog
130 feet up in an ancient redwood. I've considered tree sitting
, but find myself much more inclined to do so if I could continue working (or reading MeFi, as the case may be). Interesting intersection of technology and activism. Doncha think? (via /.
Hungry? Got a couple of minutes and a quarter? Ramen Noodles! The "Official" Home Page
, complete with recipies
. Not to mention, the history
, and inedible uses
is a blog genealogy site: "You can register your blogs and record which blogs inspired their creation." It's an interesting new way to catalog and find blogs in tandem with Blogdex's social network explorer
. Which blogs inspired you to start your own blog and have you in turn inspired anyone else to blog? The favorite blogs thread was a long time ago so those of you who've had blogs for years, which new(ish) blogs inspire you to continue blogging now? [ via Blogroots
"The War Against Bad Things
" - A blogger's one-act / one screen play. Politicians with a new and improved metaphor to describe the campaign for civillian safety may stand to win votes. A journalist notes: "If I have learned anything in four decades of covering politics, it is to pay heed when you hear the same questions -- in almost the same phrases
-- popping up in different parts of the country ..."
Winer finally makes sense
Thanks to Greg Knauss's dissociative translator, Scripting News
is more informative and vastly more entertaining. MetaFiter also gets the disassociator once-over
It's not often a weblog has you on the edge of your seat
, but Dave Mill's email-posted accounts of his solo attempt to reach the true North Pole are gripping. Stalked by a Polar bear, 6 days to build a runway for his rescue plane before the full moon rips the floes to shreds - this one has it all. I guess he is a live ass
is a 'weblog on language' by a Brussels-based freelance interpreter. Are any of your favourite blogs on
Antidote to the Liberal Monotone: Blogging
After reading MetaFilter for a while, I would assume that blogging ticks off all people, left and right, equally. Does exposure like this on a major Op-Ed page show that blogging is on the verge of becoming something big?
""I think this is one of many weird phenomena that contributes to a national attention deficit disorder."The crawl -- that stream of info-morsels and promotional hooks that seemed so urgent right after Sept. 11, but now seems so annoying and distracting -- seems to carry Gitlin's point with it as it creeps across the screen."
Is this a real problem, or is it just the old guys not hip to the kids' video world? (via i want media
Let Slip the Blogs of War For a while I didn't think I was gonna make it, but around 1800 hours I laid down a barrage of trenchant observations and we finally broke through
...star studded article by tim cavanaugh.
Are you ready for The Galaxy Girls
-- the world's first group weblog written by drag queens? I count nine girls participating so far, and more are on the way. Diamonds, Vicodin, Strom Thurmond -- whatever it takes to get ready for the next show!
The Player Piano Randall Jarrell's
last poem, perhaps...The pancakes made me think of famous MeFi android Buster Friendly--er, Miguel Cardoso. From The Wandering Minstrels
, a poetry log, a plog, I guess...The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner
has a certain timely resonance.
Dack is back,
but not in the blogging sense. Many here at MeFi thought he'd bring his blog back
after it ceased in May. His front page is now a collection of links urging peaceful resolution of the Current Situation. Refresh a few times to see a variety of quotes.
The Angry Flag Vendor.
From Jeffrey Zeldman's glamorous life. The latest entry makes for a very interesting read.
current (September 28, 2001) edition begins its story on the Internet in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in the United States with a paragraph stating that:
By 9:15 Tuesday morning, a link to a live webcam atop the Empire State Building with a clear view of lower Manhattan was posted on Dave Winer's Scripting News Weblog (scripting.com). And dozens of other daily log writers, including the all-encompasing Metafilter.com, compiled the highlights from U.S. and foreign news sources.
The article goes on to mention many other links to relevant online sites including kottke.org, thefineline.org/tflblog, and camworld.com.
Apologies if this is a repost. I couldn't find it in recent days listings or search results.
Most of the interesting and memorable people I've encountered have been vice-ridden maniacs.
Through a slightly inebriated misposting I made recently, I wandered into succa
's profile, and from there to his blog
, where I found this post today. I offer it as a sort of coda to this
MeFi discussion, and wonder if people agree with the thought. I sure as hell do, even if it gets harder to do so with the advancing years. (I note too that there are tons of other great sites
by MeFi'ers out there too, but today this one did it for me.)
News for bogans. Warrant
Political Loose Cannon
is The View From Here
's mum (and in spite of a back problem, no one here's dying of cancer)...I think this is so sweet - anyone know of other (real) parent/child weblogging families?
PR Watch outs ongoing public relations campaigns in the Spin of the Day
. The June 14th entry offers a search function to find a company’s PR firm. (Database and search provided by O'Dwyer
Could you Blog for 24 hours straight?
While some folks are happy spending a day Not Blogging, Cat over at Frykitty
is looking for people to join her in her 24 hour charity Blogathon. Sign up to blog with her or just sponsor someone. While I do think spending 24 hours at a PC is a sure sign of insanity, I can certainly respect that sort of insanity.
Glassdog to close personal narrative.
Well, at least the Life Serial, that is. Will there be a new section to round out Glassdog Services (tm)? We hope so.
A collection of some amazing video clips,
designed like a clip-blog. (Some clips contain explicit sexual and violent content not suitable for those not legally allowed to view such things.)
"Because in the end..."
One of the most insightful, engaging, and well written sites (not to mention the one that got plenty of us blogging in the first place) stops updating, at least for the near future; the tear-jerker of a last entry touches on so many things- relationships, art, emotions, careers, etc - it perfectly encapsulates so much of what made the page great. We'll miss you, Jack Saturn.
That being said, I can't wait for the book.
Mattl.com (links to dubious content)